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  • What Is the DoD’s New Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification, and What Does It Mean for Defense Contractors?

    October 03, 2019, Jim Masella, Director, FedRAMP & Assurance Services, Coalfire

    Citing the threat of compromise of Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) within the defense industrial base (DIB), along with the high cost of cyber breaches in general, the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition has initiated a program for rating the cybersecurity maturity of defense contractors. At the program’s core is a new Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) based on a multi-level and multi-domain matrix of cybersecurity controls. 

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  • DoD DIACAP transition to RMF approved

    April 03, 2014, Tom McAndrew, EVP Commercial Services, Coalfire

    Welcome DIARMF!  This has been a long time coming. From DITSCAP to DIACAP and now to DIARMF the Department of Defense approved the transition to a Risk Management Framework (RMF) approach developed by NIST on March 12.

    What does this mean for Information Systems and Platform Information Technology that are already authorized or in the authorization process? While there are many details affecting DoD Unified Capabilities, Cryptography Trusted Platform Module and Cybersecurity Reciprocity…the broad instruction is explained below.

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